When we went to Washington DC last month, we visited and toured the homes of 3 early US presidents: Lincoln’s Cottage (Abraham Lincoln), Mount Vernon (George Washington), and Monticello (Thomas Jefferson.) Unfortunately all of the places prohibited photos inside the main living quarters, but I do have some photos of the grounds I can share.
I’m going to do something different. I will break this down into three posts, and I will publish one a day for the next few days. Don’t worry- the daily posting is only for this week, for this series. I will go back to my 3 or 4 posts a week after that!
Lincoln’s Cottage was the most modest of the three residences. It was a smaller building on the campus of the Soldier’s Home, which houses retired soldiers even now. To me, Abraham Lincoln is a fascinating president because of the incredible challenges he faced. The Civil War had all the makings to divide a country, but he was determined to keep the union, well, united. During the tour, the guide pointed out an interesting fact: even staying away from Washington, in the cottage, he never could really get away from the presidency. From one view of the house, he saw the capitol building, and from the view on the other side, he had clear sight of Arlington Cemetery and all the bodies being buried there – as many as thirty a day.
Lincoln did not have a cushy run as president – he was in a no-win situation. Whether he supported or opposed slavery, one side would despise him. He acted how he felt was fair and honest, and he paid the price for it: Lincoln was the first president to be assassinated.
A few of my favorite quotes by “Wise Lincoln”:
A house divided against itself cannot stand.
Am I not destroying my enemies when I make friends of them?
Fourscore and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.
A few of my favorite “Humorous Lincoln” quotes:
If I were two-faced, would I be wearing this one?
Marriage is neither heaven nor hell, it is simply purgatory.
I don’t like that man. I must get to know him better.
What are your thoughts about Lincoln? Do you have a favorite quote?